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The Canary Sedan 

Laura Bowlby is a psychic who is traveling to Hong Kong to reunite with her businessman husband. Upon her arrival, arrangements are made to purchase for her a black sedan. Mrs. Bowlby says ... See full summary »


Robert Stevens


Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), Ann Bridge (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jessica Tandy ... Laura Bowlby
Murray Matheson ... James St. George Bernard Bowlby
Gavin Muir ... Thompson
Patrick Westwood ... Mr. Nixon
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy ... Chang
Barry Harvey Barry Harvey ... Steward
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Bartender
Leonard Strong ... Man using Ouija Board
Owen Cunningham Owen Cunningham ... Mr. Adams
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Old Bearded Man
James B. Leong James B. Leong


Laura Bowlby is a psychic who is traveling to Hong Kong to reunite with her businessman husband. Upon her arrival, arrangements are made to purchase for her a black sedan. Mrs. Bowlby says she would prefer a different color, perhaps yellow. The car dealer is taken aback, as he reveals that the car was once canary yellow before a recent paint job. While being driven by her chauffeur, Laura begins to hear a woman's voice. The voice tells Laura about a passionate affair. Laura longs for such passion in her life because her husband James is quite unromantic and cold. After some research, Laura finds the woman's house, and also the inscription that she overheard the woman talking about, an inscription that the woman and her lover left in the concrete repair of her fishpond. As Laura examines the inscription, she is unpleasantly surprised to see the initials of the woman along with the initials of her own husband, James. Written by NavyFlyer1325

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Release Date:

15 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Tandy's husband, Hume Cronyn, starred in the next episode, The Impromptu Murder. See more »


Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Canary Sedan (1986) See more »

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Where's Avis When You Need It
12 October 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Rather slender episode that really serves as a showcase for Tandy. Laura (Tandy) is the genteel wife of an Englishman (Matheson), traveling to meet him at his post in Hong Kong. Nothing unusual here except she's also gifted with psychic powers made clear in a good setup scene aboard ship.

Once in the Orient, she begins to hear a woman's voice inside a rented car formerly owned by the mysterious woman. The woman speaks of a passionate affair that soon arouses Laura's envy since her own marriage is relatively loveless. But who is this mystery woman and what does her disembodied voice portend.

The entry makes good use of exotic Hong Kong locales to frame the strange occurrences. However, I wish director Stevens had aimed at creepier visuals in place of a more conventional style. To create an appropriate atmosphere, the weird sound of a theramin is used instead. But to me, that woo-woo is just too cheesy and obvious, especially for a quality series like Hitchcock.

Anyway, the 30-minutes ends in a strongly ironical payoff, and is also a good chance to catch one of the most respected actresses of the period.

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